Video: President Barack Obama’s Visit to Syracuse

President Barack Obama was greeted with loud cheers from an energetic crowd of young people at Henninger High School Thursday as he spelled out his plan for making college more affordable through innovative efforts that offer students a greater range of college options.

Friday, SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor reflected on the visit, saying the entire Syracuse community should be very proud that the President specifically came to highlight a community-wide initiative that is already doing that—Say Yes to Education. SU students and faculty are working in the Syracuse city schools every day as part of Say Yes, helping create new life-changing opportunities for Syracuse’s next generation.

“The comprehensive plan that President Obama proposed is a real opportunity to bring universities and government together in a strategic and focused way to ensure that college remains accessible and affordable for lower- and middle-income students and families,” Cantor said in a statement. “Most critically, the President’s plan places an important value on creating new avenues of opportunity and social mobility through higher education. Working with our many partners, SU has been leading efforts nationally to accomplish the overarching goals underlying the president’s plan—performance, innovation and affordability.”

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